The first official US stamps were issued in 1847, depicting Benjamin Franklin and George Washington (5 and 10 cents). These were followed by 50 years worth of highly collectible 19th Century US Stamps, including an imperforated series in the 1850s, special Civil War stamps, bank note stamps, the first pictorial issues in 1869 (featuring images other than US leaders), and the first US commemorative stamps, issued in conjunction with the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

There was also a set of special re-printings in 1875, meant specifically for stamp collectors.


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